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St. Nacho's

(St. Nacho's #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  4,528 ratings  ·  426 reviews
Cooper has spent the last three years running from a painful past. He's currently moving from town to town, working in restaurant kitchens, and playing his violin for tips. As soon as he starts to feel comfortable anywhere--with anyone--he moves on. He's aware that music may be the only human language he still knows. Ironically, the one man he's wanted to communicate with ...more
Kindle Edition, 228 pages
Published September 29th 2016 by Maxfield Publishing (first published December 1st 2008)
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When I have the word “deaf” plus the word “romance” plus the term “m/m”, it immediately catches my attention. But I usually end up disappointed when I read those books. Mostly because there are important flaws. Because the authors have a tendency to portray deaf people as normal people without the hearing and forget about the consequences of that lacking in their lives and their way of thinking.

Being deaf, above all from a short age, changes everything in your life. It changes the way that perso
Jenni Lea
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-lendables
I see all the reviews about this book and everyone going on an on about how much they love Shawn. Yeah, Shawn is wonderful. He’s kind and giving and persistent and has the patience of a saint. But Cooper? Cooper is amazing! He thinks he’s broken but he’s really not. Yes, he still has some healing to do but he is far stronger than he realizes. He’s not weak at all. What he is, is guilt ridden. He feels responsible for what happened in the past with the accident but he does not let it drag him dow ...more
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
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Wow. This book came totally out of left field. Tried starting a few books and none of them gripped me (I'm a very moody reader). For some reason this author came to mind. Looked her up, looked through her back list, saw this one, read the blurb, bought the book, and ended up loving it. It's a beautiful story of healing and forgiveness.

What I loved:
*Shawn. From the moment he is introduced- I loved him. Loved that he was patient and caring but had this other "dirty" side to him ;)
*Cooper. Loved t
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Any talk of angst generally turns me off a book, but after reading all the positive reviews, I decided to give St. Nacho's a try. I'm glad I did. This sweet love story had its share of sad parts, but I wasn't overwhelmed by it and I didn't feel manipulated by the author.

The MCs were very likeable, with distinct personalities. My first impression of Cooper was of a somewhat cocky loner, but he actually turned out to be more self conscious and bashful. He was a little scared of developing close re
Heidi Cullinan
What I loved about this book was how it wasn't what I expected. I adored both Shawn and Conner as characters, and I loved their interactions. I loved that Shawn was deaf but that he was the stronger character, the more self-assured and self-possessed. I loved the way he pursued Conner but also how patient he was with him. I loved how Conner was so completely broken without being angsty or whiny. I felt his struggles were very real but also accessible; his root situations weren't ones all of us c ...more
2.5 stars

I have read several of ZAM's recent stories but I never read this one. Since it was offered FREE at Amazon (per 3rd January 2017) and I won the second book on a giveaway, I thought I gave it a try. Well... maybe if I read this 7-8 years ago it would be a different reaction. Turned out, now, for me this was a disappointing read.

+ I found Cooper as the main character to be unappealing. Just didn't feel for his self-guilt slash angst attitude

+ I found Shawn, as the love interest, might be
Cooper and Shawn were dreamy, my heart fluttered when they first met on the patio it was that first glance at Shawn's hand, beautiful. The interaction between them while Cooper plays the violin is exquisite, all those little glances and touches are so tender and romantic. Then the "kiss" when Cooper rides off, so bittersweet I cried. Jordan, I wanted to shake, hug and kiss him better, such an emotional wreck. All that desperation and self destruction was painful and so sad, I wish he'd never met ...more
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, series
Great first read for me from Z.A. Maxfield. I really loved Shawn and Cooper together. Shawn being deaf added an interesting layer to the story, especially how hard Cooper worked to learn to communicate with him. I also really liked how Shawn enjoyed feeling the vibrations of Cooper's violin when he played it. Those scenes were just beautiful.

I was a little thrown off when halfway through the book Cooper's best friend and ex-lover Jordan suddenly appeared. It stole a lot of attention from the or
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a touching story!! I am in love with Shawn and Cooper. Shawn is deaf, but has the sweetest demeanor and a smile that lights up the room. I love that he’s not as innocent as he looks!

And Cooper who’s carrying around so much guilt and regret over his past. I think he still has some healing to do, but it seems like he’s beginning to realize he’s not responsible for his best friend Jordan’s actions.

St. Nacho’s sounds like a wonderful place. I think I’d like to go visit :) Moving on to book #2!
Sandi ♥'s way too many M/M books
Just a beautiful story. About being a stupid kid making stupid choices, and about how to learn to move past all that and learn to love. What I loved was that Cooper cared enough to try to make it easier for Shawn. And that he wanted to learn for him to be with him and that he finally opened himself to all things Shawn. :) Yes I loved Shawn the man who wouldn't give up. I was disturbed by the shift mid book and how it started to consume the 1st half of the books story but then it all came togethe ...more
Mar 08, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-romance
This is a good story and the fact that it is written in the first person did not bother me.
The characters are touching: i really liked Cooper and the way he's discovering himself trough the eyes of Shawn.
And that's all.

What bothered me:
Shawn is a mystery and this fact won't change(I'd have liked to know more about his life...)
This story would have been better if the character of Jordan (Cooper's ex) did not steal the show in the second part of the book.
There is really 2 stories in this
Ok I loved this! Macky girl has been bugging me to read this, so now that I have, i will be reading the rest of the series! Cooper and Shawn are wonderful together. And i really loved that the one with the physical disability was the "stronger" of the two.
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disability
Read this yeas ago, up to the halfway point I loved it and as a compulsive re-reader was wondering why the story hadn't stayed with me longer. But at around the halfway point the story wanders down a different track, it feels as though Maxfield forgot who the love interest was and was starting the groundwork for the sequel.

The first half of the book is a story of Cooper finding his place and settling long enough to belong. His love interest is Shawn is deaf yet not written as a weak character as
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-contemp
This one packs a wallop.

Cooper is damaged, a bunch of it self-inflicted, and definitely more than dented. How does one get beyond past events, find a place in the now when we carry it around like an albatross? Cooper carries a lot and he's been running for a long time until he finds a place where he can finally stop.

Santo Ignacio is the Brigadoon for gays. It's an idyllic place where happiness is possible until the outer world crashes back into it. A place of second chances and letting go for C
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, m-m
Cooper is a man whose life weighs heavily on his shoulders, he's on the road and stops for what he thinks is his usual three days in a small California town. He finds a job, meets a man and settles in more than he ever expected to and decides to extended those three days against his better judgement and see what happens. Oh the angst here, Cooper is just rolling in it and it's killer. Thankfully, there's an underlying sweetness to the story as he slowly learns to forgive himself and comes to acc ...more
This book was a buddy read I did with Sandra, and we loved it! This review will be pretty spoiler-free.

This book was so awesome, and I'd like to say I'm rating it 4.5/5.. and the only reason it's not a 5 is being I'm a huge perv and wanted maybe another explicit sex scene or two.

I think this was one of those story's that really pulled at my heart strings, which made it hard for me to put the book down. It was a beautiful story about Cooper, an emotionally distraught drifter finding his place in
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance

Cooper is a violinist with a painful past. He speaks to the world only through his music. Shawn is part of a deaf theater group at the nearby college and wants Cooper as soon as they meet. Cooper needs time to heal and put his past away for good. Shawn wants to help Cooper forgive himself and accept that he can be loved...

I had trouble getting into the story and feel the chemistry between the MCs. The writing style required getting used to. I don't have problems with stories written in the first
Jan 01, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lindsay by: Eyre
I liked this book, but I think it would have been better if it hadn't been written in first person. I wanted to know what was going on in Shawn's mind too. Shawn fasinated me. There is still so much that was unanswered about him. That drives me crazy!
3 to 3.5 stars
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
I didn't know what to expect when I started this book and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. This is a book about forgiveness and moving forward- both Coop & Shawn carried their own burdens with Coop unable to forgive himself for the death of a child by his once addict partner and Shawn who was hampered by deafness but never allowed any day to bring him down. Shawn became the rock for Coop and even though Coop left for a while to support his recovering best friend, Shawn found a way back ...more
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Camille Adams
This book annoyed the ever-loving sh*t out of me and I almost DNF-ed twice or three times.

It is the Jackson Pollock of emo-porn.

The characters are as flat as the artist's canvas and the pluralistic plot lines and varying prose styles are a similarly terribly disordered mess.

Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really great story with nicely developed characters... the pacing of the whole book was done really well. Overall, quite good. I'm on the fence about the rest of the series, it they are as angsty as this one I'm going to take a pass (at least for a while).
Emma Sea
Oooh, lovely. Angsty, guilt-ridden deliciousness. Great characterisations, with an internal dialogue from the MC that is articulate and addictive. I want to be a boy who works at St Nacho's.
May 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-like
I forgot I was reading it until I saw it in my "currently-reading" list (two items long). So I picked it up again. But wait, wasn't it about a deaf guy called Shawn? Not that he was terribly memorable. And now there's this Jordie and he's a mess... what's going on? Oh, I see. Sorry, I didn't like neither first nor second half this book was stitched of. Shawn felt boring, and Jordie felt like... a beggar who grabs your hand and loudly demands your sympathy. And I was particularly not fond of the ...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
It would have been 5 stars if, at one point, Cooper's past lover (Jordan) hadn't stolen all the attention away from Cooper and Shawn. It would have been 4 stars, if that hadn't been a smart way to make me understand how important Shawn's positivity was for Cooper.

A few years before while they were drunk, Cooper, the narrator, and Jordan, his best friend and lover, had caused a car accident, where a little kid was killed. It was Jordan who was driving, after Cooper gave him the keys, so it was J
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
I am on such a roll lately. I have hit great book after great book and this one is even better than that. It's going on my favorites shelf. This is a sweet romance about a messed up guy and the man who shows him how to open his heart.

The way these two learn how to communicate and share their worlds is breathtaking. It is completely believable that a musician and a deaf man connect on a such a deep level. Shawn is not at all what I expected and he is SO much better for it. He's Mr. Perfect. He's
I was tempted to give my maximum vote, but I must be honest: It's a wonderful book, but also too dark in my view

I'll not spoil the story, so the few thinks I can say is that I just finish this book, and regardless the HEA I'm not glad... or happy... I'm still sad for all the terrible things that happened... . When you read why Cooper freak out inside cars you will understand what I'm saying.

Did I cry reading it? Nope... is a dramatic story, but is not a tearjerker in my view.
All book is only C
dammit, that one chick
Yay! It's over! This was not my cuppa. Going by the blurb and reviews, I thought I'd really like this, but I had so many issues with it. The voice of the narrator felt almost mechanical when it should've felt emotional or sexy. The portrayal of Shawn's deafness seemed way off. I might have a concussion from being beaten over the head with condoms. I found it difficult to get attached to any of the characters at all, except occasionally Jordan. Why two stars instead of one? I actually really like ...more
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't buy this, it was a christmas gift from a friend. And what a gift!!! I think I read it in a day. Couldn't put it down. I like how ZAM took a handicap but made the character strong and dominant. Shawn's character really had me. I liked the writing style and I loved the casual, comfortable setting. I wish St Nachos was a place I could visit. I might just hang out for a while.
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